CONCEALMENT 12 Everyman EDC Dave Merrill Join the Conversation Brandon Barton Close-up photo of old creased polaroid frame Profession Marketing Intelligence within the energy industry Job title Analyst Describe Your Working Environment Mostly autonomous and independent CONUS ground travel ranging between remote locations and corporate settings. How does your work environment affect your EDC? I work primarily by myself, so most of the time it doesn’t have much effect on what I carry. On the rare occasion I have to venture into a corporate or regional office I observe if the company has a policy of no firearms. However, because I believe in a layered approach to EDC, I always have some of the following tools on me no matter where I am. List your EDC items Beretta 96A1 with “G” Decocker conversion and Trijicon HD Night Sights and Inforce APL Gen 3 The “G” decocker replaces the slide-mounted safety with a decocker-only function, ensuring I won’t accidentally activate the safety in a high-adrenaline defensive scenario. As for my choice to still carry .40 calibers fall into and out of fashion like anything else. While these days it’s as cool to hate on .40 as it is to hate Nickelback, the reality is that it’s a caliber I’m already proficient with, and one I know can stop a threat just as effectively as other calibers if the need arises. Lenwood Wraith Holster The custom Wraith that Lenwood build for me is the most comfortable holster I’ve used with the Berretta and does a great job concealing its bulk. Spyderco Military C36GBK I like the grippiness of the G-10 handle, the jimping behind the thumbhole and choil, not to mention its edge retention is phenomenal. Plus, it’s functional without being needlessly flashy. Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA Dual Fuel I’ve carried this model for over a year now and have really enjoyed it. This light has two very important features to preparedness-minded people: 1) It runs on both CR123 and AA batteries. 2) That double hook clip not only allows you to carry it in your pocket in the usual way, but also clip it to the bill of a cap for a passable headlamp. Blunt Force Blades Mouse Utility Knife This little utility knife is made of 80CrV2 high carbon steel, measures about 1 by 2 inches, and is perfect to wear around your neck. For such a small knife, the mouse has a lot of thought put into it. It comes pinned to a convenient Kydex sheath that rolls over the edge, protecting it and me. WileyX Censor Polarized Sunglasses This is the first pair of WileyX glasses I’ve owned since jumping off the Oakley bandwagon and overall, I like them. Explain your everyday-carry philosophy I believe that the best EDC gear is functionally open-ended and viable in a wide range of environments. If it’s going to take up valuable real estate in your pockets, focus on something that’s versatile and could help keep you alive and intact. I also believe in practical EDC that you wear. I think putting “last ditch” cutting tools or combustion devices on easily lost stuff like a key ring is a huge mistake. I want emergency gear like that on a necklace, a bracelet, threaded into my shoe laces, etc. That being said, daily kit also has to be light and tough, because if it’s not comfortable you’ll eventually find reasons to “forget” carrying it, and if it’s not resilient there’s no point in having it in the first place. Because of this, an EDC has to be adaptable to meet what’s acceptable, practical, or even legal. I believe in creating a little overlapping redundancy, which adds peace of mind when I have to adapt to meet the expectations and responsibilities around me. For every situation I know I’ll be in, I try to understand the context to determine what I can get away with having. Jodi Gritus Profession Gunsmith Job title Gunsmith Describe your working environment The shop at Robar has six other full-time gunsmiths, each set up with their own bench. We have two lathes, two mills, and just about any tool you’d need for gunsmithing. Overall, it’s a very nice, clean shop. How does your work environment affect your EDC? If anything, it encourages EDC. The president/owner of Robar, Freddie Blish, is a certified Gunsite instructor and believes in continued education and training. He hosts an employee range day once a month, where he runs different drills for practice. List your EDC items Smith and Wesson M&P Shield in 9mm It has AmeriGlo sights, an Apex trigger, a high grip mod, and Robar finish. The Shield is the perfect size EDC for me. It’s small enough to conceal, but big enough to still be comfortable and fun to shoot. I carry the extra factory 7-round mag, finished in NP3. Galco Stow-N-Go holster I carry in a Galco holster IWB in the 4 o’clock position. I chose the Stow-N-Go holster because it’s simple and comfortable. I carry my extra mag either in my front pants pocket or in an easily accessible pocket in my purse. Streamlight Microstream flashlight My small-but-powerful flashlight is handy for low-light situations and kept in my pants pocket or in my purse. Cold Steel Mini Tuff Lite folding knife I love how small and sharp my Mini Tuff Lite knife is. It’s always in my front right pants pocket. Blistex And lip balm because who wants dry lips? Not me. Explain your everyday-carry philosophy My philosophy is to always be ready. A lot of what I’ve been taught is from Gunsite and based on Jeff Cooper’s theory of staying on high alert and being aware of your surroundings. I never want to be in a situation where I don’t have my gun and need it. robarguns.com Tyler Marolf Profession Entrepreneur/music industry Job title Owner/founder/CEO Describe your working environment Recently moved from Southern California to Eastern Iowa. Working remote 85 percent of the time from my acreage/home office. How does your work environment affect your EDC? It doesn’t. Even when I travel to customer sites or my companies in SoCal it’s a nonissue due to concealment. List your EDC items Kimber Ultra CDPII 45ACP 1911 This little 1911 came highly recommended by a friend and, once I ran it, I fell in love. 1 Wilson Combat 7-round mag Zero malfunctions. 2 Wilson Combat 8-rounds mags One extra round each, and I carry both in my front left pocket. Techna Clip Use it rather than a holster and I’ve been loving it since the beginning. Been concealing appendix with this firearm for three years. Streamlight ProTac 2L Flashlight I carry this in my right front pocket or belt clip. Explain your everyday-carry philosophy Train once a week from concealment on my own range. Train dynamic with my wife and kids a couple times a year. Draw and move with them behind me also raising them with solid firearm safety concepts from age 3 and up. Situational awareness always. Carefully choosing where my family and I go. Creating space, space, and more space. Stay healthy and fit. Brazilian jiu-jitsu, strength training, and a retention course when I can schedule it in. Preserve life and get home to my family. David L. Miller Profession Physician Job title Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Describe your working environment I am the owner of the Medical Group of Macomb, LLC with nine employees. There are eight other medical practices in our building and several other support offices. The building is part of a hospital campus consisting of nine buildings, two nursing homes, and two medical supply offices. I spend my time in direct patient care in the office, hospital, and nursing homes. List your EDC items Tandem t:slim X2 with Dexcom continuous glucose monitor I’ve been Type 1 Diabetic for almost 30 years and the insulin pump with continuous glucose monitoring assists with controlling my sugars. This is carried in my right front pants pocket and the CGM is currently on my right deltoid. Benchmade Griptilian folder I’ve carried a folder for years, and this was a special gift from a friend. This is clipped to my left front pants pocket. Leatherman Squirt PS4 multi-tool Also a gift from a friend currently deployed overseas. I use it more than I ever thought I would. This is carried in my left front pants pocket. Minimalism Defined Minimalist RFID Wallet I wanted the RFID protection and bought this style to see if I would like it. This is also in my left front pants pocket. iPhone X I’m always on call so it’s my office away from my office. I carry this in my left front shirt pocket or right back pants pocket Explain your everyday-carry philosophy In Illinois, I’m not able to carry a firearm in the hospital or medical building. Our community has very few businesses that allow firearms for concealed carry. As a result, I have worked to improve my situational awareness and use of improvised weapons. I continue to work on open hand combat techniques as well. My EDC gear is used every day and meant to be functional. Neal H. Olshan Profession Ph.D., psychologist, forensic consultant, performance consultant, author, freelance writer, and photographer Job title Psychologist Describe your working environment Private practice office, superior courthouse, Maricopa County jails and juvenile detention and consulting national and international. How does your work environment affect your EDC? I’m in contact with convicted felons, some of them violent offenders who, when sentenced, would like to blame the psychologist who did the evaluation. For further elaboration on the need for EDC, Google, “doctor pulls gun on patient before second story fall.” List your EDC items SIG SAUER P320 RX full-size 9MM with slide-mounted ROMEO1 Reflex optic Reliable, accurate and quick target acquisition with the ROMEO1. One round in the barrel and 21 rounds in the magazine. Over the years I have tried numerous handguns, but when I picked the P320, it felt good, like it was made for me. This is actually a good lesson. SureFire Defender Series LED flashlight with strike bezel Mil-spec hard-anodized for extreme durability with crenellated strike bezel. With the possibility of 600 lumens, not only will you be capable of seeing your environment or where you need to go, but it can also be used to optically stun a possible attacker. Universal Handcuff Key Securely attached to the inside of my belt in the middle of my back. Exactly where your hands would be if a bad guy decided to handcuff you. Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular Make calls and send texts with just your watch. This watch can save your life since most detention facilities will not allow cell phones. If the situation becomes volatile, you still have a way of communicating without having your cell phone. Emerson Super Karambit Best stated by Emerson, “This is one of the most badass everyday carry you can own.” With the wave-shaped opening feature the knife can be opened with one hand. Explain your everyday-carry philosophy The EDC Mindset Prepare – Anticipate – Initiate – Culminate EDC, for me, is about being prepared. Due to the nature of my profession I’m somewhat limited in the amount of hardware I can realistically carry and be capable of deploying. Since I can’t predict the future and given the population of people I interface with on a daily basis, the potential for possible violent encounter is realistic. There are days when I’m getting ready to leave the house and the thought crosses my mind, “Why bother with all of the gear today, I’m just seeing a few people at the courthouse?” I’ve learned to quickly conquer that thought with, “Since you can’t predict the future, the EDC mindset is a necessity.” Having a proper EDC mindset also involves knowledge regarding how to use each of your EDC implements, the state laws where you reside, and the mental rehearsal of various scenarios that you could possibly encounter given the unique parameters of your life. It may be a new concept to many in the field, but mental dry-fire is absolutely essential to the correct utilization of all physical EDC implements. Allan Smith Profession Video producer Job title CEO, Pipe Hitter Media Describe your working environment I travel extensively around the U.S. and internationally. Most of my work is outdoors filming expeditions or tactical firearms products. When that’s done, I retreat to my mountain cabin for post-production to edit video. How does your work environment affect your EDC? It’s tough, when overseas or in places like California or New York, I’m not able to carry, and I can’t tell you how naked a feeling that is! List your EDC items Glock 43 with Streamlight TRL-6 and Trijicon Sights Reputation and reliability! I don’t have the biggest of hands, so when it comes to conceal carry I want a weapon that I can deploy quickly and efficiently. The Glock 43 fits well and upgraded with the sights and TRL-6 light and laser, this makes for a solid carry weapon for any situation. Tulster Holster and Extra Mag Holder KISS, keep it simple stupid, right? There are a lot of holsters on the market and, lord knows, I have tried several, but for me this company’s holsters just work, plain and simple! Again, there are a lot of mag holders on the market, but I like consistency in what I carry and in the products I use. So just like my holster, I believe in keeping it simple. SOG Escape knife Carrying a knife has so many possibilities for its use. My father carried a knife every day and often asked where mine was. I hate to admit it, but I never did until the day he died and I inherited the knife he carried. I then realized how important this was and through research have grown to love the SOG Escape that I carry today. Coast HX5 I love this little light because it is compact and projects over 250 feet with 130 lumens. Often, we arrive at a location in the middle of the night and set up camp. If you have ever headed out to pee in the middle of Africa at 2 a.m. you can really appreciate this light. Marine Raider Memorial March Challenge Coin I have participated in both Marine Raider Memorial Marches. As a board member of the “Brothers in Arms Foundation,” it’s important to never forget those who we lost and for me, the Raider community is home! Explain your everyday-carry philosophy When I put on the uniform as a United States Marine, and then firefighter/paramedic, I was making an oath to help, to protect, and to defend. Today, even though I’m not in uniform, I still hold this belief. I feel it’s our duty to train, assist, and protect those who can’t! In today’s volatile world it’s important to train hard, train safe, and train frequently so that I can use my weapon responsibly if the need ever arises. 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